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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter - Mother Earth Brewing

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85
very good

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: atsprings on 09-09-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

4runner4ever, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

CAllenBarfield, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in the tap room too on nitro which is awesome (if this review was for that it would be all 5.0). My review is for the 12 oz bottles.

A: Dark, almost pitch-black with mild amber highlights. Pours a thick, frothy, tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves a beautiful trail all the way down the glass ending in a solid wispy lace.

S: Potent roasted malt aroma. Background consists of chocolate and coffee overtones. Very pleasant and pleasing smell to the nostrils.

T: Smooth, dark, rich ale with a roasted malt bitterness. Coffee and chocolate overtones, with a nice malt background. Alcohol is present but masked by the roasted malt goodness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome porter. Extrememly well balanced and tasty through and through.

Well done once again Mother Earth

rockyfire, Nov 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

marine1975, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle int Sam Adams sensory glass - another grab from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville. I've been impressed with Mother Earth's Kolsch and their Dunkel, and a bit less so their Tripel, so very much looking forward to this one.

Pours deep ruby brown, bordering on black, with a dense, creamy cream-colored head of about one finger that looks fantastic, with nice retention and decent lacing as well.

The nose is very nice - roasty and full bodied, with the oats coming through nicely and contributing a very nice fullness to the aroma. Round, with just a bit of baker's cocoa peeking through.

Taste is beautiful as well. Rich and roasty, with a beautiful underlying sweetness that carries, again, hints of chocolate and a bit of nuttiness from the oats. Finish dries out quickly, with a light woodiness and a roastiness that carries through to the barest edge of char, even just a bit smokey, but never loses that smooth, rough, underlying richness. Acidity from the roastiness is very subtle, never overwhelming. Very, very well done.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and silky, with a light but fluffy carbonation that fits the beer perfectly. Long, dry finish lends a nice incentive to take another sip. Drinkability is excellent also, with just a bit of a knock down due to the long, dry finish, but that's more personal preference than anything. Still a fantastic beer in every sense.

JohnQVegas, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich chocolate brown in color with a fleeting 1-finger chocolate tan head. Not much retention. Thin dark tan lace all around the glass.

Nose is light roast caramel and light chocolate. Lighter coffee underneath. Not quite strong enough, though, to match the flavor profile.

What is lacking in the nose really comes out on the tongue, though. Roast flavors right up front, with caramel and some coffee - which intensifies as the glass warms. Cocoa really comes out mid palate, with a slight herbal hop kick in the finish. Very robust porter.

Strong feel. Oatmeal gives this a very rich, creamy profile with lots of body for the style.

Definitely a glass I'd fill again.

beer2day, Mar 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

GaBengal, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Lob, Oct 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

GTB, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

BigTrubble, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of kkipple
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single 12 oz bottle grabbed from that Bastion of Beer, Brawley's. Bottled 10/10 -- everyone should use bottled on dates.

A. Pours a muddy, dark river brown with a bit of red clay. Active carbonation lends a fat, finger tall and swirling head in my imperial pint glass. As I drink this (quickly), some very fine lacing sticks around in gentle waves.

S. Hmm, interesting... a sweet nose here, pure malt sugars, balanced with a good dose of roast and some interesting 'home brew' pungency here... I can't think of a better way to describe it. No hops to be found, this is on the dark, chocolately end of the spectrum. There is a very young, sharp nose here and a bit of nuttiness. Very fresh beer - I like it.

T. Hmm, interesting... oh wait, have I used that one? Ok. Old Neighborhood is a softer beer, sweet, very slick and real, the oats here have really taken hold... practically trips over itself in haste to fall down your throat... dancing waves of roasted malt, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate malt, and a slick, raw and slightly sharp 'thing'... well whatever it is (hops? Yeast character?) it keeps the beer from being too sweet and slick. This is simply maddeningly drinkable.

M / D. Yeah, it's maddeningly drinkable. Medium bodied, but the oats here make this thing smoooo-th. Carbonation is on the lower end; and did I mention this is bottle conditioned? The finish is a pleasant lingering sweetbitter (in that order) roast, with a bit of a raw character going on.

Old Neighborhood is a very pleasant drink, approachable, and drinks like a champ. There's a certain fun about it; this does not taste mass produced in the least. It's another bases-loaded double from Mother Earth as far as I'm concerned.

I should have bought a six-pack.

kkipple, Nov 24, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, dated 10/10

grabbed a sixer at Brawley's.

appearance: served in a shaker pint, dark brown body, fizzy tan head with light lacing.

smell: dont pick up much at first - some chocolate, light roasted malts, some sweetness

drinkability: I'm digging this - good notes of chocolate, oats, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts and cocoa, light bitterness. One of the better porters i've had lately, which admittedly isnt a large population, but this was worth the purchase.

mouthfeel: medium-light, creamy

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Nov 23, 2010
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4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - pours a rich obsidian black with a one finger tan colored head, some retention, and some lacing left.

S - chocolate, coffee, charcoal

T - There is a chocolately, toffee sweetness present balanced by a finish that is roasted coffee, a bit smokey with a charcoal note present.

M - average thick, average carbonation, a slight bitter aftertaste

O - pretty nice offering. More of a stout than a porter in my opinion.

Mojo, Dec 21, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany tinged brown with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & chocolate

T: Follows the nose, plenty of charred grain too up front, just a touch of steel too. More roasty notes as this warms, just a bit of figgyness, some carob & chocolate. Finishes dry, roasty, slighlty fruity with a touch of chocolate covered raisin

MF: Fairly creamy, medium bodied

A nice American Porter, holds its own with some of the better porters out there. Drinks easy enough

russpowell, Jan 03, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my new Brawley's Beverage snifter, both extras courtesy of Beerverage; thanks Curtis!

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about a minute and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, light coffee, oats, and dark chocolate. Nose is very nice and a nice mix of chocolate and vanilla.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, vanilla, cream, sweet chocolate, bakers chocolate, coffee, oats, and bready malts. Again, very nice and balanced. Lots of nice roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I really liked this one; I thought it was a great porter. Lots of roasted malts, vanilla, and sweet chocolate in the nose and taste, and easy to drink. Something I'd certainly like to have again.

mdfb79, Dec 16, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh yes. Another one from kkipple. You've spoiled me, Dan. Truth.

Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter pours a dark, nut brown color. It's a little hazy, and has a distinct crimson look when held to light. A soft tan head covers it and stands about a finger and a half tall. It's quick to recede and leaves a light lacing in its wake.

The nose is fairly simple and straight forward, but is good. It has a very nice cocoa-like, chocolate malt flavor. It's the strongest scent in the mix and permeates throughout. It definitely leans toward the sweet side. Light roasted notes and subtle coffee round it out. Alcohol is nowhere in the mix. Completely buried. Simple, but impressive.

The flavor is likewise quite good. The base is a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate flavor is all cocoa. It's quite tasty. The overall flavor has a sweet quality to it that is endearing. Light coffee complements the malty flavors well. It's definitely a little on the yeasty side. Alcohol is pretty much buried in flavor, too. I'm not getting any at all. Tasty stuff. Finishes sweet and cocoa-y.

Old Neighborhood has a medium body that's very svelte and smooth. It's creamy and goes down so easy. Carbonation is light and only adds to its smooth feel. Drinkability is good. This is good stuff and really is rather drinkable. Its simplicity starts to get a little less interesting toward the end of the bottle though.

This is my first beer from Mother Earth Brewing. It's impressive. It is a simple American Porter, so if you're looking for extreme and complex, look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you're looking for a straight forward, interesting Porter, give it a look. You won't be disappointed. Thanks, Dan!

prototypic, Jan 16, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep drown nearing black. There's a quarter inch of brownish, creamy head that sits atop. The nose is very faint with mild notes of roasted malts and coffee. The taste is rich, deep roasted malts, faint coffee, dark fruit, mild diacetyl, and faint alcohol esters. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and very smooth.

This is a pretty solid porter. It's very drinkable, well balanced, and smooth. This is a beer that I would be willing to buy again.

tdm168, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a imperial nonic a deep somewhat murky looking chesnut brown with atannish colored quick to fade head.Aromas are a bit light and on the sweeter side,I picked up some molasses and dark fruit.The palate is much more assertive and dryer than the nose,starting out with molasses-like sweetness,a big roasty and earthy element takes over in the finish,almost raw in nature.This is a American style porter here with its hefty roasty and earthy finish,a solid porter here.

oberon, Nov 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

bpfrush, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, with a thin tan head that retains ok. The aroma has some cola notes, along with a milky sweetness, coffee, cocoa, dark fruits, burnt bread and some alcohol. The flavor is similar with some cola sweetness upfront, lactose, oatmeal, burnt bread, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich without being overbearing and drinkability is good. Overall a very solid porter from Mother Earth, a perfect fall beer.

silver0rlead, Oct 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

KevinGordon, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 10 10

Pours an unclear, deep dark brown color with a moderate creamy tan head on top. Dark roasted malt aroma...light oatmeal and a good bit of chocolate and coffee and an underlying earthy nuttiness. Roasted black malt flavor, lightly burnt but far from acrid. Dark chocolate sweetness with a dry finish. Just a touch of fruity esters way in the back. Medium bodied with a definite boost in silky-smoothness thanks to the oats.

Lots of roasty, dark malty goodness here. Good, easy-drinkin' porter...

wedge, Oct 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

syndelee, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep, murky mahogany in color, topped with a khaki head that recedes to a thin coating

s: aromatic deep roasted barley but without any burnt harshness, lots of baking cocoa, nutshell, caramel sugars, sweet

m: carbonation just around moderate, medium body

t: nicely flavorful porter - smooth barley roasts with some nuttiness, sweet caramel, cocoa powder, mild earthy hops

d: a nice porter, not the best around but a solid example

bottled 10/10, single from Sam's, Durham

blackie, Dec 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

FUwolfpacker, Feb 19, 2013
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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter from Mother Earth Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.